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Cauliflower, Snowball Self-Blanching

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Thrives in the cool weather.

Full Description

A flavorful heirloom variety that produces 6-8, pure-white heads. When colder weather arrives, its leaves will curl upright and self-wrap.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65-75 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow

Cauliflower may be started indoors early for fall and spring crops, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow from spring to early summer in the North, in the South and other frost free areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before outdoor planting.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting from Transplants:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Do not plant where members of the cabbage family were planting within the last two years.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Use a plant tag as a location marker.

How to Grow

  • While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
  • To blanch the heads and keep curds white, bend surrounding leaves over the heads and secure with twine.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Cut heads off the main stem 50-60 days after transplanting outdoors.
  • Leave 1-2 inches of stem on each head.
  • Eat cauliflower raw or cooked.
  • Use cauliflower as soon as possible after harvest.
  • Cauliflower florets may also be blanched and frozen.
  • Cauliflower may also be pickled.
Days To Maturity
65-75 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
12 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Cauliflower, Snowball Self-Blanching is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...Container Snowball's... on the Veranda!! I'm not a gardener. I retired 3 years ago and have a new found interest. This just an experiment here in Toms River NJ!!! To me... It worked! I planted (6) plants in 24"x 24" patio pots. I did not lose any. These were planted in September 2015. This pic is taken 01JAN2016. They were real slow to grow in the pot! Thanks Burpee for great service and plants! This was fun and a very enjoyable learning experience. ocfishguy (I'm still learning)
Date published: 2016-01-01
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